Ever screw up at rehearsal?

Discussion in 'Bass Humor & Gig Stories [BG]' started by dbase, Jun 25, 2019.

  1. dbase

    dbase Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 3, 2008
    South Jersey, USA..
    At rehearsal I thought I was playing an A, but it was an Ab. It's as though someone farted and it became a train wreck as everybody was looking at one another to determine who did it. I cant stop laughing at the screw up I did. I normally don't play like that. But it was a train wreck. They caught me. Lets hear your train wrecks. I know I'm not the only one. ;)
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  2. Bass4ThePublic

    Bass4ThePublic Supporting Member

    Jan 27, 2019
    Kansas City
    Better to screw up at rehearsal than on a gig! I remember when I was just starting to learn songs by ear. We were covering “Starstruck” by Rainbow. The verses are just B, but I played E! Needless to say when I finally gave in and watched a video of someone playing it, I felt really dumb.
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  3. turf3


    Sep 26, 2011
    As our guitarist often says when something doesn't go quite right:

    "And that, ladies and gentlemen, was LIVE MUSIC."

    As far as I'm concerned a gig isn't really complete till I've missed an entrance (either coming in too late, or too early).
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  4. jchrisk1


    Nov 15, 2009
    Northern MI
    Oh yeah. I often reharmonize chords. At least that's what I'm calling it. Jazzing it up.
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  5. It happens. We're usually within a fret of the correct note :cool:
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  6. ak56


    Apr 2, 2015
    Carnation, Wa
    Or 1 string over.
  7. LBS-bass

    LBS-bass Guest

    Nov 22, 2017
    Oh, heck yeah. I tell everyone I'm pretty much self-correcting, if I can actually hear myself. The art of the quick slide, and all that. Do it twice and call it an embellishment.
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  8. 2saddleslab

    2saddleslab Supporting Member

    May 30, 2003
    Once while performing live I was playing C# instead of C during a certain passage on an original. My geetar player leaned over and said "C!" My reaction was "oh yeah". He said, "yeah, it's kinda important." We both cracked up laughing so now "it's kinda important" is our standard retort when in similar situations.
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  9. delta7fred


    Jul 3, 2007
    Many years ago when I played guitar we played "All Right Now" by "Free". I started it by playing chords on the 5th fret (barred E shape and some strange suspended derivative that seemed to sound right) and after a few bars the singer came in and at the first chorus the rest of the band came in.

    Unfortunately I started on the 6th fret which threw the singer for a few notes but he recovered quickly. I then realised my mistake and took it down a fret at a line end which not surprisingly threw him again but he recovered and by the verse end we were playing it in A not Bb (or should it be A#, IDK).

    He honestly believed that it was him that screwed up but I did the honourable thing and confessed at the break.
  10. BAG


    May 5, 2014
    New Zealand
    I'm in a new trio with two guys that are 12 or so years older than me. We're playing a bunch of 70's songs many of which I was aware of but have never played before. We were running through Freebird (yeah, I know........) and I thought I heard the word "change" which leads into repeating the F, C D part of the progression. Unfortunately the word I heard was "same" so i'm playing those chords over the G, D, E part of the progression. The worst part was that I then had no idea what part of the verse we were in and went back to the G, D, E part as the song got to the F, C, D.
    That was exceedingly embarrassing. At least I know I won't make that mistake again.
  11. Gunga Din

    Gunga Din

    Jun 22, 2018
    Years ago, I decided to partake of a 'pipe of peace' at a rehearsal with a new trio a guitarist I knew was putting together. I don't remember what the herb really was but I do remember that I didn't remember what the hell I was supposed to do on a fretless 'board. After about five minutes, my mind was like toffee and so were my hands. The fretless apparently sounded like a groaning ox. Rehearsal fell apart soon after, followed by mild paranoia .

    Does that qualify?
  12. jshinal


    May 28, 2013
    Raleigh, NC
    Oh, like when I forget I was in drop-D for the previous song ?
    Where did that dang 'A' go ? It was here earlier this evening. :rollno:

    Sometimes I'm so clumsy I can trip over a walking bass line. o_O
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  13. Cave Puppy

    Cave Puppy "Humph Bo, he's wond!" - John Lennon

    Jan 13, 2015
    Never. I screw up only at gigs.
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  14. dalkowski

    dalkowski It's "rout," not "route." Supporting Member

    May 20, 2009
    Massachusetts USofA
    Screwing up at rehearsal is why we rehearse.
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  15. Hundred proof

    Hundred proof

    Apr 22, 2018
    What is this rehearsal you speak of?
  16. Relsom

    Relsom Supporting Member

    Nov 23, 2013
    The Old Dominion
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  17. Kmonk


    Oct 18, 2012
    South Shore, Massachusetts
    Endorsing Artist: Fender, Spector, Ampeg, Curt Mangan, Nordstrand Pickups, Korg , Conquest Sound
    That's what rehearsal is for. To work out the mistakes. Several years ago may band was playing in front of a large crowd at casino. The song was in E but the keyboard player started in Eb. I walked over to his side of the stage and told him that the song was in E but he stayed in Eb. The two guitarists and myself ended up switching to Eb. The keyboard player later apologized for the error. I left the band two years ago but he and I still joke about it.
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  18. Charlzm

    Charlzm Guest

    Mar 25, 2011
    Worst ever:

    We were playing Night Ranger's "Don't Tell Me You Love Me" in front of an audience. The song is in F# minor. The guitarist had a brain fart and started playing it in G minor. When the rhythm guitarist, drummer and I came in with the punches, we were off by a half-step and so it sounded awful. This confused the drummer and he reversed the beat, so he was now hitting the snare on 1 and 3.
    This went on until about the first chorus when the lead guitarist figured it out.
    We plowed through to the end.
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  19. Stewie


    Jul 3, 2013
    Near Boston
    I was in a great band 30 years ago. We tried to never play anything twice the same way. At gigs, the best gag was to signal a one fret modulation just before a harp solo. The guy was good enough to pull off a solo with half of his notes gone. That joke just never got old.
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  20. Spidey2112


    Aug 3, 2016
    All the time... funny thing, the other members make just as many mistakes... so, I don't feel that bad... even the 'pros' make mistakes...

    ... their's are just really, really good mistakes... the kind you'd like to make, when you're at the top of your game.
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